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ravenvii
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« on: November 05, 2004, 05:37:18 AM »

All right, I registered a domain name under a hosting "company" called NorthWindWebHost. They are a smarmy, sleazy company that went out of business, sprung up as a new company, Blue Hosting or something like that, went down, and sprung back up as www.vizhost.com . Well, I knew from the onset that I've made a bad move, as they refused to give me control of my own domain. But I didn't pursue it, as I switched to another company for my hosting, and when I requested they change the DNS information, they obliged. Fast forward to a couple months ago. I took my site down, and no longer have a need for the domain. I decided to just let it expire. It's expiration date came and went, and my information is still on the whois registry. For privacy reasons, I want that information out of there. I don't give a shit if they want to keep it or not, I just want my information off the whois registry. Well I emailed them three weeks ago, and naturally got no response. I found their phone number today, and gave them a call. The person on the other end gave me bull about how domain names takes a long time to become available and the registry information to be changed. Well, I know for a fact that domain names become available almost immediately after the expiration date. And the weird part is, when I view my domain in the whois database, the expiration date is still Oct 2, 2004. What gives?

And if it's still their fault (NorthWind, VizHost, whatever the **** they are), is a threat to take them to court a viable threat? I mean, could I even take them to court over this?

I know, it's just a little thing, but it's my information on there, I no longer own the domain, so I want that off, so the damn junk mail could stop.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2004, 04:55:10 PM »

Well you could spend a couple bucks and register the domain through GoDaddy and make the info private.  biggrin

As far as actually getting it removed, I don't know.  frown
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2004, 05:03:24 PM »

The domain is not available for registration, despite it's expired over a month ago. So I can't register it on GoDaddy.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2004, 06:46:38 PM »

Well, I'll say this. I have a domain registered through IPowerWeb. I needed to update my WHOIS information, so they sent me to a link, which was a big table with all the whois information in it. I edited the inforrmation, hit submit, then proomptly did a whois on my domain name and it had already been updated. I checked through multiple whois sites, so I can say, I don't think it takes that long to change.
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